Judge James L. Bethshares
Source; Biographical Sketches
from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted By : Vera Burnham
June 28, 2002
Judge James L. Bethshares,
a native of Rutherford County, Tenn. was born in October 1832 and is a
son of William S. Bethshares and Martha L. Bethshares, nee, Johnston, both
parents being Virginias by birth the mother still living and a resident
of Paducah. The father died in Rutherford County, Tenn. in 1848, and a
few years later the family removed to West Tennessee, where in the Cageville
Academy, James L. was chiefly edcuated, and was admitted to the bar in
1875. Since his admission to the bar, Judge Bethshares has devoted
himself exclusively to his profession, for which he possesses a natural
fitness. In 1882, he was the choice of the people of McCracken County for
Judge of the county courts, and is now occupying that office with credit
to himself and acceptance to the people. He is an honored member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was married in February, 1870, to
Miss Felicia A. Hand, daughter of Henry Hand, of Paducah, Ky. It is but
justice to Judge Bethshares to say that he has risen to the position of
professional honor as the result of his own native energy and perseverance.
His gentlemanly and courteous treatment to all has surrounded him with
a large circle of admiring friends.